Dance is not simply a hobby or a way to spend free time, dance is an incredible way to bring your body, mind and soul together in melodic harmony. Your breathing coincides with flowing movement, as your feet take command and you float across the dance floor. Whether you are dancing professionally or doing it for the love of doing it, whether you are four years old putting on your tutu or seventy years old and ready to Waltz, dance becomes a part of your lifestyle, a part of you. Dancing is one of the most personal experiences you can incorporate into your life. Dance can be an extreme workout or lighthearted way to get your heart pumping. Either way, it is an extremely elegant workout. Lifelong dancers and new dancers will be quick to disprove anyone whom thinks dancing is not a sport. It’s a sport all right! It’s a sport that arguably involves more grace and soul than most others. It has been said “It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.” In addition to harnessing creativity, dance is an outlet to for daily stresses of life and brings insurmountable joy to all who embrace it. It can be a daily vacation; an escape from reality.
There is tons of research that proves people who incorporate dance into their life are less stressed and happier. According to Prevention, Swedish researchers conducted a study involving 112 female teens. Each of the girls was dealing with back and neck pain, anxiety, depression or stress. Half of the studied teenagers were involved in dance classes each week, while the other half of the girls did not attend classes. The mental health was skyrocketed for the girls involved in dance, as well as a mood boost immediately after the classes. Prevention also adds that it’s never too late or too early to reap the rewards from dancing. It’s not always about being a prima ballerina; it’s about enjoying, and learning about yourself. Immersing yourself in any form of dance, be it ballet, modern or lyrical classes in your free time is a positive productive way to relieve stress. Another study at the University of London took subjects with anxiety disorder and put them into one of the following therapeutic environments: an exercise class, a modern-dance class, or a math class. At the end of the study the subjects chosen for the modern-dance class had the most significant change in their anxiety levels. Psychology Today has accumulated data proving that dancing produces more endorphins or “happy hormones” than any other form of physical exertion.
It doesn’t stop there! Just like all exercise dancing boosts your brainpower! Dancing increases cognitive acuity at every age. It simultaneously stimulates your emotional, rational, kinesthetic and musical parts of your noggin. Could it get any better than a fun activity with cornucopia of benefits including but not limited too: staying in shape, being smarter and happier? What are you waiting for? Your best life is waiting just across the dance floor! Call us today to get registered for our fall dance semester beginning September 14th!